New Media

  • BikeBox R(i)de
    Tali Hinkis &
    Kyle Lapidus

LoVid, BikeBox R(i)de work in progress (Monument), 2017, Chicago. Courtesy of the artists.

BikeBox R(i)de involves collaboration with the Blackstone Bike Shop, a community youth education program in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. By developing and giving a new artistic tool to the bike shop’s youth, individuals are empowered to capture their personal experiences of mobility. LoVid have produced a bike-mounted environmental scanner/compositing camera that captures panoramic photographic views of spaces seen during commutes. The resulting images document bike-riders’ paths/routes while focusing on experimental image making and experiential artistic process. Unlike a video recording or a simple photograph, the bikers create digital collages in real time, including multiple perspectives of monuments, parks, and architectural sites. These collages present a surreal sense of space and light that depends entirely on the bikers’ trajectories. Thus, the bikers act as directors, photographers, and editors, constructing images not by looking at a lens or screen, but rather through spatial decision-making and navigating their urban surroundings.

LoVid, the NY-based artist duo, includes Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus, who have been collaborating since 2001. Hinkis graduated in 2000 from the Ecole Nationale Supeieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, which included a semester at the Cooper Union. In addition to her work in LoVid, Hinkis has been a visiting artist and lecturer at many international institutions, including Columbia University, Stony Brook University, Oberlin College, the Royal College of Art (London), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Pratt. Lapidus received his BA from Harvard University in neurobiology and his PhD from Yeshiva University in anatomy and structural biology. As an artist and musician, Lapidus has performed and exhibited internationally, primarily as a part of LoVid. With LoVid, Lapidus pursues projects that blend his passion for both science and art. These include exhibitions at the Science Gallery (Dublin), the Daejeon Museum (Korea), and the Bloomfield Science Museum (Jerusalem). LoVid's work includes immersive installations, sculptural synthesizers, single-channel videos, textile sculptures, participatory projects, and mobile media cinema. LoVid's projects have been presented widely, including at: the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NY), Smack Mellon (NY), the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Real Art Ways (CT), Urbis (UK), the Neuberger Museum (NY), the New Museum (NY), the Museum of the Moving Image (NY), Lampo (Chicago), the MoMA (NY), PS1 (NY), the Kitchen (NY), and FACT (Liverpool). LoVid has received support from organizations, including: the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, Wave Farm, Rhizome, Franklin Furnace, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, the Experimental TV Center, the NY State Council of the Arts, and the Greenwall Foundation.